The Pro and Con of Alcohol

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 135–136. Reviews the book, To Your Health: The Pleasures, Problems, and Politics of Alcohol by Richard S. Shore and John M. Luce (see record 1978-29265-000). The purpose of this book, as stated by the authors, is to increase society's awareness of and respect for alcohol. They intend that we should increase our appreciation of both the value of the use of alcohol and the dangers associated with the use of alcohol. They also have a political objective. The first chapter describes the worldwide universal production of alcoholic beverages among all cultures. The authors move on to describe the historical development of the temperance movement in the United States. Their approach is more journalistic than analytical. Amidst their basic description of events, they attempt some sociological interpretation. In sum, the book is reliable, conscientious, and respectful of the issues of alcoholism. The translation of scientific data has high fidelity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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